Computer Tip: Disable Sidebar and Gadgets

Microsoft has released an advisory warning those using Windows Vista and Windows 7 users to disable Gadgets and Sidebar.

Microsoft announced the availability of an automated Microsoft Fix that will disables the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets on Windows Vista with service pack 2 and Windows 7 – RTM or with service pack 1. Disabling the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets can help protect customers from vulnerabilities that could involve the execution of arbitrary code by the Windows Sidebar when running insecure Gadgets.

As such, Gadgets are not part of the upcoming Windows 8. Microsoft also recommends disabling them as few developers released Gadgets for both operating systems.

See http://support.microsoft.com/KB/2719662 which includes a “Fix It” utility to disable the Sidebar and Gadgets [if you aren’t a fan of editing the registry in Windows] as well as both registry and Active Directory (for enterprises) equivalents.

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